I’ve never been good about keeping a journal. It all boils down to consistency. There are days when I skip making an entry. Life can crowd out the time I need to write down my thoughts about a day’s events. I’ve also been reluctant to pose as an expert on the writing process. If I knew anything of value about writing, my work would already be in print. I went out on a skinny limb of a tall in 2022 when I shared my 365 days of thankfulness. The exercise forced me to put myself out there with my soft belly exposed. Thank you for joining me on my journey in the written word. Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call Entry 41: Exploring the World of the Rougarou
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
My morning writing before I started Entry 41: Exploring the World of the Rougarou
I thought I’d lost everything I had worked on for the last two days. When I attempted to locate the last chapter I worked on yesterday, everything I wrote was missing. I knew I’d saved the document. I am not a novice. I make certain I hit the save icon periodically while I work. I was about to start at the last place I remembered leaving off during the rewrite. That would mean remembering what I’d changed in the last two chapters. Then, I remembered that I had saved them to an external flash drive. My problem was I didn’t switch back to my desktop and spent two days working on the flash drive. That said, I managed to rewrite another chapter.
This point of the story deals with Will’s transformation into the Rougarou. He lives as the beast in the bayou behind the old plantation house every night. He is faced with a dilemma. He is developing strong feelings for Amazing Buchanan, but he doesn’t want her to be harmed by the curse he lives with daily. Maizie, on the other hand, is plotting ways to make her escape. I am still considering introducing each chapter from a fictional folklore authority. It might be overkill, but it could also help me create a magical system complete with rules I create to fit the story. I will consider doing this on my next go-round with this story and see if the idea works.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 41: Exploring the World of the Rougarou
I am still reading Alexander Mccall Smith’s The Careful Use of Compliments. Isabel finds herself encountering several challenges. She has Charlie to herself when Grace goes to a dentist appointment. He has uncontrollable crying until she locates the gripe water, and he takes a whiff of it. Isabel suspects her infant has become a gripe water addict. The purchaser who odd her for the painting at the auction offers to sell it to her for what he paid for it. Isabel suspects there is something wrong with the painting. Christopher Dove sends her a letter suggesting that he come for a visit to discuss the changing hands of the Review of Applied Ethics. She and Jamie attend Cat’s dinner party, which is a disaster.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 41: Exploring the World of the Rougarou
I put on another CD by The Band called The Band. This musical offering contains many of The Bands’ popular songs because I enjoy listening to their early music. It takes me back to when I was a kid. I was a little too young to travel to Woodstock. I probably wouldn’t have gone if I had the chance because I would have taken the risk. I like to think I was courageous, but I was not. Here in the Big Pink, we like to kick things old school.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful that I went to the gym and walked this afternoon. It is tempting to stay home and finish reading my book or work on my blog. I decided to grin and bear it. My goal was to get the exercise over with as soon as possible. It turned into a good experience.
This old lady says
Sometimes the thought of doing something is worse than the actual thing. It’s always good to get started and see if your negative mood will change. An hour spent exercising is beneficial to your body. The mind needs to catch up with the plan.
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